Summer sailing comes to the Sampit River in Georgetown

In Georgetown, sailing is what’s for summer on Front Street.

The Winyah Bay Sailing Club recently announced the kick off of “Friday Night Sailing Series on the Sampit,” which will began May 16 and will last until June 28.

The summer races on the Sampit Riverare an opportunity for anyone who has an interest in sailing to get his or her feet wet.

Each class is open and sailors can bring their own boat as long as it is less than 20 feet long and each boat will follow a predetermined race course. The entry fee is $10 per class or $50 for the series, which includes a free “Sail the Sandpit” T-shirt.

Registration information is available beginning at The Big Tuna, 807 Front St., Georgetown.

Friday night registrations start at 5 p.m. with the first whistle at 6:30 p.m.

“The Winyah Bay Sailing Club is providing one more reason to come to Front Street. The weekly sailing regatta is going to be a lot of fun for both sailors and non-sailors to experience the City’s downtown waterfront,” said Rhodes Miller in the press release.

Miller is owner of Black Mingo Outfitters, one of three named sponsors for the series that also include The Big Tuna and Hazard Marine.

In addition, Hazard Marine is the home port to the sailing teams from both the Georgetown School of Arts & Sciences and Waccamaw High School and where sailing camps offered by Winyah Bay Sailing Club will be held this summer.

“They have been great friends and supportive of all our efforts and have a great vision of what championing sailing opportunities can do for our community,” said Ashley DesMarteau, with the Winyah Bay Sailing Club.

With more than 25 local businesses sponsoring the summer camps to “greatly reduce the cost,” DesMarteau explained the summer sailing camps quickly sold out.

Faced with a waiting list and questions, Winyah Bay Sailing Club members were left to wonder “What can we do?”

The Friday night racing regattas are “another fun way to bring people together,” said DesMarteau who noted the idea to implement the sailing series meant “a great summer opportunity for everyone – from sailors to land-lovers alike.”

“It’s a nice opportunity for high school kids to compete, or anyone with an interest in sailing and it’s good for the community,” said DesMarteau “It brings people together.”